JDE Bride: Julia



Happy Friday friends!!  It's been a little while since I've brought you a JDE Brides post.  So I'm super pumped to start the weekend off with my bride and incredible friend Julia sharing about her gorgeous King Family Vineyards wedding!

Introduce yourself!  And your husband!
Hey there!  I'm Julia Ogden and I'm an English teacher and have a small business called Water's Edge Design  I'm also a JDE bride and my husband Justin and I got married just this past October at King Family Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA.

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What's your love story?  How did the two of you meet?  How did he pop the question?
I might be biased, but I think our love story is pretty special.  Justin and I actually met online!  I had gotten over the ending of a long relationship and felt ready to get back out there.  I just wasn't exactly sure how to do that!  My friend convinced me to sign up on a free online dating site and things just kind of snowballed from there.  I went on a LOT of bad dates, and a few good dates.  Met a lot of great guys, who just weren't MY GUY.  I even started a blog to catalog all of my adventures in trying to find the one.  Months passed and I Was ready to give up.  I went onto the online dating site to deactivate my profile when I saw that I had a message from a handsome guy with the most unbelievably cute dimples.  It was sweet and simple and at the end of it, he asked if he could call me.  He literally wrote "may I call you?" so old fashioned and sweet.  I figured, why not....I'll give it one more chance.  I gave him my number and immediately deactivated my profile.  If he wasn't it, I was going to give this whole dating thing a break for a while.

That first date turned into two years together and on the anniversary of our first date, December 15th, Justin took me to go see the lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens...we walked around the grounds, got hot chocolate, and the whole time I could tell he was trying to get me to a spot where we could be alone.  We saw this little path that lead through the woods to a gazebo, but it was roped off.  We felt like rebels hopping over it and he lead me down the path to where it was quiet and secluded.  He took my hand, lead me into the middle of the gazebo and got down on one knee to propose.  Of course I said yes....more like yelled it haha...and he told me that our whole family was meeting us at a restaurant nearby so we could celebrate together.  It was honestly the best day of my entire life.

What five words would you use to describe your wedding?
We started planning the wedding right away and I really wanted it to represent us and our personalities.  Pinterest can be super overwhelming and unrealistic so I used it a little bit for some inspiration, but mostly thought about what elements we loved in our life.  If I could choose 5 words to describe our wedding, they would be:
Romantic
Sentimental
Organic
Fair tale {I know that's two lol}
Warm

Elizabeth Henson Photos
What were your favorite & least favorite parts of wedding planning?
My favorite parts of wedding planning were:
1. How much time I got to spend with my mom and Justin's mom doing the planning.
2. Finding all of the beautiful pieces we would use for the decor.  Styling is my favorite thing to do, so to do something on this big of a scale was so fun!
3. All of the site visits and tastings!  It was so exciting to have everyone treat you like royalty and come on, free food and wine!?  Sign me up!
4. Finding my wedding dress.  I went with a small group of the women in my family and it was just so special to get to spend the day with them.  It was a pretty magical moment seeing how emotional they got.

My least favorite parts of wedding planning were:
1. Worrying about the budget.  We didn't realize it, but Charlottesville is the 2nd or 3rd most expensive wedding location in the US....THE US PEOPLE!  We just love that area because we are UVA fans and I go there every fall with my girlfriends for a winery trip.  Everything was so outrageously expensive and after we splurged on the venue, I didn't know how we were going to fit in everything else.
2. All of the tiny details that you have to make decisions about.  It can get super overwhelming and you just wanna hands things off to someone else.  {Enter Just Dandy Events to talk me off the ledge}

Where did you go for your honeymoon?
After the wedding, we stayed in Charlottesville at the sweetest little Airbnb.  It was within 5 minutes of downtown and it even had the cutest goats on the property!  It was so much more romantic and cozy than a hotel room and we have plans to go back every year for our anniversary.  We left that Tuesday for our honeymoon in Ireland and it was an incredible whirlwind trip.  We had so much fun exploring the little towns, meeting the nicest locals, and basically eating and drinking Guinness constantly.  We got home and needed another vacation from the wedding/honeymoon excitement.

Rebecca Keeling Studios
Who were your vendors?
Venue: King Family Vineyards
Coordination: Just Dandy Events
Photographer & Videographer: Rebecca Keeling Studios
Florist: Courtney Inghram Events
Lighting: The Lighting Professors
Caterer: Glorious Foods
Cake: Everything Emma
Styling & Decor: Water's Edge Design

If you could do one thing different throughout your entire wedding planning journey, what would it be?
I don't think I would really change anything that happened in the wedding planning journey.  I do wish our location had been a little less expensive, but it was exactly what we pictured and felt so very us, that I can't really wish we had gone somewhere else.

Do you have any advice for future brides?
1. Hire a coordinator...it is really hard trying to do everything yourself and you, at the VERY LEAST, need a day of coordinator.  That day flies by and little things are constantly popping up.  Like one of your tables collapsing in the middle of dinner lol!  As much as you love your aunt or best friend, they might not always know how to handle these things.  You need someone with experience.
2. Get ready at your venue or very close by your venue.  We booked a house close by the venue for the bridesmaids to stay at, and for us to get ready all together that morning.  Unfortunately, we had to change locations the week before and ended up at a house 30 minutes away from the venue.  It made things feel a little rushed that morning and in all the craziness, we left my bouquet behind.  Luckily someone able to bring it before the ceremony, but I didn't have it for all the wedding party pictures.  It made me sad.
3. Take a deep breath, use Pinterest sparingly, and remember that your day is going to be perfect because you are getting to marry your dream guy/girl.  Everything else is just icing on the cake.  You getting stressed out and unhappy during the planning process is the opposite of what should be happening.  Take your time, use your partner as a stress reliever and sounding board.  Try not to take advice from too many people, everyone thinks they are an expert, but only you know what you really want.  Just have fun with it and remind yourself that this is a really incredible time in your life.  It goes by fast, so don't waste in with over-analyzing table cloth colors.

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Such wonderful advice Julia!!!  For a look back on some of my favorite parts of Justin & Julia's beautiful day, check out this blog post.

Julia & Justin - King Family Vineyards



Oh friends, I am so beyond excited to share this beautiful vineyard wedding with ya'll.  Where to begin.  Justin and Julia got married in October at King Family Vineyards and the day was epic.  The weather was perfect, the details were gorgeous, everything was exactly what Julia had been dreaming of.  And the fact that she asked me to be a part of that day was the biggest cherry on top of the whole thing.

Time to get a little sappy.  Julia and I have been friends for about 5 or 6 years {I think} and she's also the beautifully talented brain behind Water's Edge Design.  We've had the opportunity to work on so many fun projects together and she's always been such a huge supporter of JDE.  Then Justin {who I also ADORE and is the absolutely perfect match for my sweet friend} proposed and Julia asked me to be her wedding planner.  And let me tell you, the honor you feel when a friend tells you they 100% trust you to put together one of the most highly anticipated days of their life....it's a tough feeling to beat.

Anyways, Julia's style is very earthy and organic with a bit of forest fairy tale thrown in.  She's my little hippy friend that has a serious love for pretty things and I think the details she put together for her wedding mirrored that perfectly.

One of the big perks of being a part of the wedding industry is knowing some of the most amazing vendors in the area personally.  Julia handpicked an A-list of people to help make her vision for the day come to life.  Check out this gorgeous wedding!



































Oh and did I mention they had a DONUT TRUCK in lieu of traditional wedding cake?  WINNING!




A big bonus to also being a guest to this wedding was that Wes got to come with me!  He helped with set up and break down and now he fully understands why my feet hurt so badly at the end of a wedding day.  And how cute is he dancing with the beautiful bride?!







I absolutely LOVE when my couples take my advice to set aside a little slice of time on their wedding day for just the two of them.  Justin & Julia liked the idea of having a "last dance" together before their big exit.  We sent all the guests outside and let the two of them have the dance floor to themselves.  They danced to one of their favorite songs, held each other tight, and soaked in the gloriousness of their day.



I'm so honored to have played a part in this beautiful day.  Justin & Julia, I love you both to pieces and I'm so happy to see you both love each other so hard.  Thank you for trusting me!!



Venue: King Family Vineyard  //  Photographer: Rebecca Keeling Studios  //  Coordinator: Just Dandy Events  //  Florist: Courtney Inghram Events  //  Cake: Everything Emma  //  Lighting: The Lighting Professors  //  Catering: Glorious Foods  //  Specialty Furniture/Signage: Water's Edge Design //  DJ: DJ Mark Allen  //  Beauty: Elle Style Studio  //  Donut Truck: Carpe Donut

Somer & Josh - Shifting Sands



Hey friends!  How is everyone recovering from our big "blizzard"?  The time on the couch with my guys was fantastic but MAN am I glad to be able to leave the house.  The cabin fever got very real ya'll.

In other news, I'm so excited to share some of my favorite details from a wedding I coordinated back in October at Shifting Sands in Virginia Beach.  Somer & Josh's music-inspired day was so representative of them as a couple and I loved hearing each of their guests say so as they walked into the reception.

Here are some of my favorite images from DCPG.  It was so fun to work with Ciesther!





























Venue: Shifting Sands  //  Photographer: DCPG  //  Coordination: Just Dandy Events  //  Beauty: Ulta at Landstown  //  DJs: Josh Liehr & Micah Spruill

The Importance of a Wedding Day Timeline

A few months back, I wrote this as a guest on my friend Sterling's blog and I knew I needed to share it over here on mine as well. The wedding planning process is filled with so many important aspects and it's pretty easy for things to fall through the cracks if you're not careful. Whatever you do, do not let your wedding day timeline be one of those things that ends up forgotten or neglected!

Kirstyn Marie Photography

I've met with so many couples who've told me in the beginning stages of planning that they won't be needing a day-of timeline. "We're really laid back", "We like to wing it", and "We don't want to feel rushed" are some of the reasons they've given me. As their wedding planner, it's my job to explain to them why those are all the perfect reasons they NEED to have a timeline for their big day.

Timelines allot the right amount of time for each aspect of your day, making sure that there's no rushing to fit everything in. Without a timeline, important things like the bouquet and garter toss can be forgotten. Then you're left to squish them in at the last minute, when some of your most important guests may have already headed home.

As much as you'll depend on your timeline to keep your day on track, your vendors will depend on it even more so. A wedding is full of so many moving parts....sometimes dozens of vendors are working together to bring your vision to life. It's so important that they each know what the order of events will be for the day so that they know when they have to be ready. Your caterer will want to make sure that your dinner is served on time. Your photographer will want to be ready by the cake table when it's time for toasts and cake cutting. And your driver for the night will want to have your vintage care ready in time for your grand exit.

Elizabeth Henson Photos

Now that you know why the timeline is important and necessary for your wedding day, how do you build one? It can seem like a really overwhelming thing to tackle. Your wedding planner will be a huge help when you're putting it together, but here are a few tips for constructing the perfect timeline for your day:

- Build it around the non-negotiables. If sunset portraits are of the utmost importance to you, build the timeline around when you and your new husband will be outside catching that perfect light with your photographer. If it is imperative that your great-grandmother be present for the cutting of the cake and you know she won't stay past 8pm, take that into consideration when mapping out the order of events.

- Include your vendors in the building of the timeline. You hired each of them because of their ability to perform their craft so well. Let them educate you on what they do and how much time they need to do it.

Daniel Pullen Photography

- Set aside a little quiet time for you and your new husband! Whether it's immediately following the ceremony or during sunset, set aside just 5-10 minutes for the two of you to catch your breathe, sip some champagne, and give each other all the goofy grins because YOU'RE MARRIED!!

Ellen & Jake - Oyster Farm at Kings Creek



Oh friends!  I'm so excited to share this wedding with ya'll!  Ellen & Jake were married on October 8th at the Oyster Farm at Kings Creek in Cape Charles.  We had the prettiest Eastern Shore-inspired wedding planned and I'm beyond happy to say that, despite Hurricane Matthew trying to wreck the party, we totally pulled it off.  If you had looked at Ellen & Jake's faces, or the faces of their guests, you'd never have known there was a storm raging outside.  Everyone was so present and so happy to see these two say I Do...it gave me all the happy feels throughout the whole day.

I could go on and on about how much I loved this couple, their family and friends, and their beautiful wedding, but instead I'll let the images from Elizabeth Henson Photos speak for me.  I will say though that working with my #vendorsoulmate on a wedding is one of my favorite things in the world.  I just love how she captures our couples!
































Congratulations Ellen & Jake!  I adore you both so much and loved seeing you so happy on your beautiful day!!

Also a HUGE thank you goes out to all the incredible vendors that helped to make this wedding day absolutely perfect.  We truly had a dream team on our hands that day and I love each and every one of you to pieces for making my job so much fun!

  Venue: Oyster Farm at Kings Creek  //  Coordinator: Just Dandy Events  //  Photographer: Elizabeth Henson Photos  //  Cake: Incredible Edibles  //  Florist: Seagrass Floral  //  DJ: Astro DJ  //  Hair: Beach Bridal Artistry  //  Makeup: Makeup By Kim Porter  //  Officiant: Cotton Markert